I rarely watch network television (usually by accident) and I’m too cheap to spring for “pay” cable like HBO and Showtime. In between are the cable networks like USA, AMC and FX. Instead of trying to compete for ratings seven nights a week these mini-networks focus on developing quality “niche” programming. Ironically, in doing so they originate some of the most popular shows on television.
IMNSHO the best drama on television is Breaking Bad on AMC. The second best show is Justified on FX. Starring Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens, Justified is a modernized version of Gunsmoke based on stories by Elmore Leonard. Imagine Chili Palmer with boots and a ten gallon hat tromping through the Butcher Hollow and you get the general idea. It sure ain’t Mayberry.
The characters are really interesting, particularly bad boys Boyd Crowder, Robert Quarles and Ellstin Limehouse. Tonight is the season finale of season three.
What are your favorite shows?